Fonds MSS 23 - Consumer's Association of Canada (Manitoba Branch) fonds

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Consumer's Association of Canada (Manitoba Branch) fonds

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2.5 m of textual records (21 boxes)

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The Consumers' Association of Canada (CAC), the only nationally organized consumers association in Canada, is a direct outgrowth of the Women's Section of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board. This organization was formed during the Second World War to assist in the monitoring of price ceilings, rationing, and in assisting Canadians to achieve maximum use and value from scarce consumer goods. Women from across Canada turned their post-war time experience to a practical purpose - the establishment of a peacetime organization, which provided women with opportunities to continue serving their country. The effectiveness of this massive corps of volunteers led to the permanent establishment of a consumer organization. In September 1947, sixteen major women's organizations met in Ottawa and organized the Canadian Association of Consumers. Within its first year of operation, branches were formed in every province and later in Newfoundland. In Manitoba, Mrs. R.W. Queen-Hughes, the wife of the Lieutenant Governor, called together the provincial representatives of the founding groups and gave them the responsibility of setting up CAC in the province. Mrs. C.K. Newcombe was the first interim chairperson of the Winnipeg Branch until its official establishment in April 1948.

Custodial history

The papers of the Consumers' Association of Canada (Manitoba) were deeded to the University of Manitoba on 18 June 1982. Included with the transfer of ownership was a conveyance of copyright and a commitment that additions would be made to the collection in later years. Hugh Larimer, on staff with the Dafoe Library, and his wife Ruth Berry, first alerted the Department of the Association's interest in establishing its archives on campus. Signing the deed of gift on behalf of the Association was Wendy L. Barker, President, and for the University, Marilyn J. Sharrow, then Director of Libraries.

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This first installment consists of 2.5 meters W) in twenty-one (21) storage boxes. The collection consists of working files of the Manitoba branch of the Consumers' Association of the Winnipeg Branch and of the Fort Garry Branch. Highlighting the collection are executive meeting minutes from 1947-79, correspondence, membership lists, annual reports, financial records, and annual meetings. Besides operation files, many special investigations of consumer concerns are documented including studies of food prices, fishing, drug costs, loan charges, consumer credit, and a wide range of other matters. Scattered throughout is much material on the national association, its concerns, and activities.

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An original filing order accompanied the original accession and has been followed with only a few minor changes.

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Inventory prepared by Richard Bennett in 1982.
Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers on April 2003.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo on 23 March 2017.

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